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Local economic development efforts receive support from Golden West

The funding was made available as part of Golden West's annual economic development program created to target funds toward projects and programs within its service areas that help enhance or generate local employment opportunities. The 2006 contribution brings the total received by the Midland group over the past nine years to $45,000.

Past funds given to Second Century Development have enabled the group to continue making grants available to the community through the Midland Community Foundation, install a sprinkler system and sidewalks at the park and purchase buildings on Main Street to promote and preserve local business.

The Midland Second Century Development will use the 2006 funds to enclose the picnic area in the community park, to fill in the area formerly used as a skating pond and for lighting the highway signs erected with the economic development donation from 2005.

"Our future as a company is tied directly to the success of the rural communities we serve and that is why we are excited to help fund these projects in Midland," said Golden West General Manager and CEO George Strandell.

Golden West began in 1916 as a stock company providing telephone service between the communities of Quinn and Interior. It has grown to become the largest independent telephone company in South Dakota and the 35th largest telecommunications company in the nation. It employs nearly 350 people statewide, offering services ranging from local and long distance telephone service, high-speed and wireless Internet, cable television, 24-hour answering service, Internet help desk, networking services, wholesale Internet services, paging and business phone systems to digital video recorders and security monitoring.